Instrumentation

1(=picc+afl).1.1(=bcl).1(=cbsn) – 1110 - perc(2): mar/2 susp.cym/3 c.bell/small bell/guiro/slide whistle/5 tpl.bl/2 wdbl/tam-t/5 button gong/crot/lion's roar – keyboard(2): pno/sampler/Emu E-Synth keyboard – 2 vln.vla.vlc.db

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Score, parts and electronics for hire

Programme Notes

Wheel of Emptiness was commissioned by the Ictus Ensemble. Wheel of Emptiness is an attempt to reconcile flowing almost chaotic music and cool, discrete objects, which have no connection with each other, but which repeat in a repetitive pattern. 'Subjective' and 'objective' are in dialectic and ultimately transcended. From a technical point of view, the harmony is based on a modulating sequence of "equal addition compressed spectra", like my other recent works. The microtones are supported by a sampler in the ensemble which plays the spectra, usually in sea-wave patterns wheeling round and round. The Buddhist notion of "emptiness" was foremost in my mind. JH

Wheel of Emptiness

Tonhalle Zürich (Zürich, Switzerland)

Collegium Norum Zürich, Jonathan Stockhammer

Wheel of Emptiness

Jackson standing in for Daniel Harding

Philharmonie (Paris, France)

Ensemble Intercontemporain, George Jackson

Wheel of Emptiness

Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ (Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands)

Nieuw Ensemble, Ed Spanjaard

Wheel of Emptiness

Stormen konserthus (Bodø, Norway)

Timothy Weiss, Nordnorsk Opera og Symfoniorkester

Wheel of Emptiness

Gartner Auditorium, Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, OH, USA)

Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble